Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 13, 2012

Sending Lenin to Russia

Filed under: Libya,Syria — louisproyect @ 4:23 pm

(posted to Marxmail and PEN-L by Michael Perelman)

Sending Lenin to Russia

I had not known about where the idea arose in Germany:

page 93: “German officials did their best to cook up plots among the German
barons in the Baltic provinces and among the Finns, Poles, and
Ukrainians. They brought to Berlin a Constantinople arms merchant,
Alexander Helphand, who had formerly been involved, sincerely, in the
Russian revolutionary socialist underground, under the name Parvus.
He sold them on the idea of a social revolution in Russia. He charted
the future mutiny in the Russian armies according to the model of
1904-5, citing the possibility of a mass strike that would engulf the
capitals according to the theory of Rosa Luxemburg. One week after the
revolution that overthrew the tsar in February 1917, Helphand got
permission from the general staff to provide a train that would send
Lenin and his coterie of exiled Bolshevik leaders to Russia.”

D’Agostino, Anthony. The Rise of Global Powers: International Politics
in the Era of the World Wars(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).


  1. Your Rebels are throwing public sector workers off buildings in Syria. Fucking animals.

    Comment by Steve — August 13, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  2. This is a reference to a video that appeared on the Russian Television website (rt.com) that seems to be making the rounds. Here’s an idea of where rt.com is coming from:


    Russian TV reporter resigns after station cancels his Georgian broadcasts

    Russians appear to be getting only one side of the story of the conflict in Georgia. According to a Moscow Times article, Russian television is showing the misery left by the Georgian assault in South Ossetia, but few, if any, reports mention Russia’s bombing of Georgia.

    After William Dunbar, a correspondent for the English-language state channel Russia Today, mentioned the bombing in a report on Saturday, his scheduled reports later that day were cancelled by the station. He said: “I felt that I had no choice but to resign.”

    He added: “I had a series of live, video satellite links scheduled for later that day, and they were cancelled. The real news, the real facts of the matter, didn’t conform to what they were trying to report, and therefore, they wouldn’t let me report it.”

    A Russia Today spokeswoman pointed to a Georgian media report that claimed Dunbar had protested at Russia’s “aggression” against Georgia. She said the channel assumed that was why he quit.

    Russian officials claim that western media are also guilty of showing only one side of the story. They argue that the western journalists are taking Georgia’s side and therefore misinforming their audiences. Deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin said western media had failed to show the plight of Ossetians and what was left of their capital after it was almost razed by Georgian troops.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 13, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  3. I can’t quite work out what your comment means but I am guessing you are apologising for your rebels throwing public sector workers off buildings.

    Comment by Steve — August 13, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  4. No, what it means is that reporting from Syria is under tight control by the Baathist government and that I would tend to be leery of anything coming out of rt.com since Russia is Syria’s closest ally next to Iran. In any case, Steve, I have no doubt that atrocities are happening on both sides. But if you think that the 20,000 dead in Syria can be divided in half according to whether the FSA or the Syrian Army/cops/death squads are responsible, then you must be some kind of schmuck.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 13, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  5. The nazis, fascists and people influenced by La Rouche have being saying this for years.

    Comment by jojo — November 29, 2012 @ 1:17 am

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